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Maps pro and amateur draw attention at Dominic Winter

10 February 2020

As ever, the most recent sale held by Dominic Winter (20% buyer’s premium) contained a great many maps and atlases and shown below is one of the highlights.

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Pick of the week: Purse strings open for a rare survivor

03 February 2020

An early 17th century Limoges enamel draw purse attracted a flurry of bids at Chorley’s Attic Sale in Gloucestershire. Set with period portraits of a lady on one side and a gentleman on the other, the accessory has remained intact for about 400 years – in most examples the fabric has deteriorated significantly.

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Sickert shows his lighter side at Lawrences' auction

03 February 2020

Late work by the pivotal avant-garde painter belies the dark nature of earlier works

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Global selection offered at Exeter sale

03 February 2020

With an Irish silver ‘seal salver’ gleaming at the first Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood (23% buyer’s premium) sale of the year (ATG No 2427), Italy, China and Russia provided other highlights.

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Simple but sophisticated chest boasts ingenious woodworking technique.

03 February 2020

Although outwardly simple objects, cedar ‘bent corner’ chests, still made today by the indigenous people of the Pacific North West, employ a number of sophisticated woodworking techniques.

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English Golden Age longcase clock fails to meet great expectations

03 February 2020

Falling short of ambitious hopes but leading the day at Duke’s (25% buyer’s premium) first sale of 2020 was a fine English Golden Age longcase clock.

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French cabinets head to an Eastern buyer

03 February 2020

Among the gems spotted in 2092 mixed lots at Stroud Auctions’ (18% buyer’s premium) year-opener on January 8, the best-seller was the final lot.

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Portrait of England's 'last professional jester' brings major competition

03 February 2020

This 18th century English provincial school full-length portrait depicts the jester Black John. He was in the employ of the famously eccentric John Arscott (1718-88) of the Tetcott estate in Devon, said to be the last man in England to keep a professional jester.

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Sèvres collection from the late Judith Howard comes to auction

01 February 2020

A collection of porcelain from the renowned Sèvres specialist Judith Howard, who died last year, is to be sold in Salisbury.

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Modified Irish seal salver brings £9200 in Exeter sale

27 January 2020

On the death of the monarch, or when a statesman left office, it was required by law that any seals of royal authority be broken and defaced.

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Cufflinks with the royal cypher draw bidders at Lawrences

27 January 2020

This pair of silver and enamel cufflinks with the royal cypher of George VI comes in a presentation box by Plante of Bury Street, London.

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Royal history behind the £99,000 candelabra

27 January 2020

Highlight literally and metaphorically of the Woolley & Wallis sale on January 8 was a pair of ormolu and hardstone-mounted candelabra, superb in themselves and packed with French royal history.

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‘Frost Fair’ broadsides: souvenir of a frozen Thames

27 January 2020

Two ‘Frost Fair’ broadsides printed at one of the many stalls set up on the Thames during a hard 18th century winter in which London’s river froze over were sold in a recent sale held by Dominic Winter (20% buyer’s premium).

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Expanding dining table, candelabra and Chinese export cabinets lead a fine start in Salisbury

27 January 2020

A trio of five-figure offerings got Salisbury auction house Woolley & Wallis (25% buyer’s premium) off to a great start for 2020.

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Private buyers snap up collectables at Woolley & Wallis

27 January 2020

A trio of pure collectables picked up by UK privates bidders at the Woolley & Wallis (25% buyer’s premium) auction in Salisbury on January 8.

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The dog found in an attic: Charterhouse sells Maud Earl painting

27 January 2020

Found in the roof space of a Devon cottage, an oil painting of a pointer dog in an open field sold for £3400 at Sherborne saleroom Charterhouse (25% buyer’s premium).

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Four cameo and intaglio rings indicating glyphic art is now at the cutting edge of fashion

27 January 2020

Glyphic art was one of the success stories of 2019. The return to collecting fashion of this once dusty academic field is bringing more hardstone gems to the market.

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Pick of the week: Medieval gaming piece depicting Aesop’s Fable sells for £40,000

20 January 2020

An unusual but welcome inclusion to the latest silver and vertu sale at Lawrences of Crewkerne was a medieval walrus ivory tableman or backgammon piece.

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New year temptations: a feast of Poole, Minton, Troika and Border ceramics on the menu

20 January 2020

It was during the Carter, Stabler and Adams period in the 1920s-30s that some of the most memorable Poole wares were produced. Much of this Art Deco range – red earthenwares covered in a white slip and a semi-matt-glaze before decoration in a variety of Jazz Age patterns – was based on the work of chief designer Truda Carter.

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Walking canes owned by actor Edward Woodward and Titanic survivor attract enhanced interest thanks to provenance

20 January 2020

The latest sale at Clarks in Liskeard included a collection of walking canes collected by the late actor Edward Woodward.

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